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#Iraq

From TheJournal.ie France is the first nation to join the US in attacking Islamic State... Iraq

France is the first nation to join the US in attacking Islamic State...

… but refused to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

From TheJournal.ie US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time Air Strike

US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time

Last week Obama ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State.

From TheJournal.ie Countries to support Iraq by "any means necessary" against Islamic State Military Assistance

Countries to support Iraq by "any means necessary" against Islamic State

30 diplomats met today in Paris on the issue.

From TheJournal.ie German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial Kreshnik Berisha

German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial

Prosecutors say there is no evidence he was plotting an attack in Germany.

From TheJournal.ie Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact Help

Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact

Islamic State has threatened to kill David Haines, who was kidnapped in March last year.

From TheJournal.ie White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State At War

White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State

“The United States is at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda”.

From TheJournal.ie CIA triples its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters Iraq

CIA triples its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters

Up to 2,000 Westerners are fighting with the group, the intelligence agency says.

From TheJournal.ie US authorises $25m in military aid to help Iraq fight IS Islamic State

US authorises $25m in military aid to help Iraq fight IS

US President Barack Obama authorised the aid today.

From TheJournal.ie John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.

From TheJournal.ie Steven Sotloff's family speak out for the first time since his death Is

Steven Sotloff's family speak out for the first time since his death

“He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world.”

From TheJournal.ie Obama vows US 'will not be intimidated' by Islamic State jihadists Strike Back

Obama vows US 'will not be intimidated' by Islamic State jihadists

Terrorism experts say the group is not as strong as pre-911 Al-Qaeda.

From TheJournal.ie US journalist Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' in newly released video Steven Sotloff

US journalist Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' in newly released video

Sotloff appeared in the video in which James Foley was killed.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA War Planes

Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA

The fly-past of two US war planes was no doubt great entertainment for many, but it also trivialises the brutal machinery of war.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty: IS have carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale" Islamic State

Amnesty: IS have carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale"

The human rights group says IS fighters have carried out “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist Cooperating Cousins

Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist

Irish and UK intelligence sharing is “at an all time high.”

From TheJournal.ie Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege Besieged

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege

It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.

From TheJournal.ie 'We will go home one day': Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives Iraq

'We will go home one day': Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives

“We were pushed out of Sinjar, but even if (the jihadists) come here, I would rather die for this temple than leave Iraq.”

From TheJournal.ie UK increases terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" War On Terror

UK increases terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe"

There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State releases another beheading video Iraq

Islamic State releases another beheading video

The video shows a Kurdish man being killed and follows the release of a number of videos which militants claim show the mass killing of Syrian soldiers.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war Conflict

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

From TheJournal.ie Obama okays spy planes over Syria... but no airstikes yet Islamic State

Obama okays spy planes over Syria... but no airstikes yet

The US has long resisted taking action against IS inside Syria, but it’s believed the militants’ murder of journalist James Foley may have altered the President’s approach.

From TheJournal.ie James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it's beautiful Love

James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it's beautiful

“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all Opinion

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis Terrorism

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.

From TheJournal.ie Urgent action needed to avoid "massacre" in Iraq Islamic State

Urgent action needed to avoid "massacre" in Iraq

The UN says that the town of Amerli is seriously at risk.

From TheJournal.ie To pay or not to pay? James Foley's death underscores an agonising dilemma Breaking The Cycle

To pay or not to pay? James Foley's death underscores an agonising dilemma

It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general Iraq

Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general

The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.

From TheJournal.ie Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque Iraq

Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque

It’s reported that a suicide bomber blew up explosives inside the building, and that the gunmen then fired on the fleeing worshippers.

From TheJournal.ie Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley's parents Islamic State

Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley's parents

The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS Iraq

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

From TheJournal.ie ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m Islamic State

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

From TheJournal.ie James Foley's family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading Islamic State

James Foley's family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading

Diane Foley says the family has “never been prouder of our son Jim”.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown Iraq

Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown

Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq Islamic State

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq

The Pope has said that minorities need to be protected but wants the UN to be involved.

From TheJournal.ie Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam Isis

Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam

The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.

From TheJournal.ie Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq Iraq

Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq

It is believed dozens of men from the Yazidi faith were massacred in the village of Kocho.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s the start of the weekend – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them TAKING ACTION

Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them

The decision follows a rare summer meeting of EU foreign ministers, including Charlie Flanagan, in Brussels today.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi PM throws in the towel on his bid to stay in power Nuri Al-Maliki

Iraqi PM throws in the towel on his bid to stay in power

Nuri al-Maliki was facing huge pressure to step down.

From TheJournal.ie US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees 'better than feared' Trapped

US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees 'better than feared'

The Pentagon said an evacuation is now far less likely.